PETALING JAYA: Most community pharmacists are given approval to continue operating during the lockdown period, says the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.
The ministry said community pharmacists were regarded as an essential service under the distribution trade sector.
“Until April 2021, there have been 3, 274 community pharmacists premises that are licensed under the Poisons Act enforced by the Health Ministry.
“Based on our checks, as of June 10, there are a total of 2, 902 (89%) applications under the pharmaceutical sector in the retail/ distribution/ wholesale cluster that have been received through the Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS).
“A total of 2, 412 applications (74%) of the applications have been approved, ” it said in a statement on Friday (June 11).
The clarification came following a report by The Star on June 8 that pharmacists have been facing difficulties operating during the lockdown.
Malaysian Pharmacists Society president Amrahi Buang said some community pharmacists had difficulties operating as they did not have an approval letter by the Health Ministry.
He also questioned the requirement for pharmacists to apply for approval via CIMS.
To this, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry said community pharmacists who have not put forward their applications to continue operating must do so immediately via the CIMS.
“All community pharmacists registered under the Health Ministry must put forward their application to continue operating via the CIMS, ” it said.
Community pharmacists can do so at https://notification.miti.gov.my